Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Replace Bob Cole & Harry Neale

I have created an online petition to replace Bob Cole and Harry Neale on Hockey Night in Canada. Please take the time to read the petition, sign it, and encourage others to do the same. Hockey bloggers should feel free to make the petition their own. We are all in this together. I took the liberty of making the Battle of Alberta a co-sponsor in this venture. Sac took a long time to get back to me, and I just went with how I thought they would reply. Apparently, Sac loves Cole and Neale, and didn't want to take part. I can't alter the petition, so just ignore their link when you see it. It appears that you have to leave an email address with your name, but I would imagine you could make that up. We all have email addresses we use just for these sorts of things anyways, don't we?

The petition reads as follows:

Whereas, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is owned by Canadian taxpayers.

Whereas, Hockey Night in Canada is a television show on the CBC.

Whereas, Bob Cole and Harry Neale are the main play-by-play and colour men for Hockey Night in Canada.

Whereas, both men make repeated errors in identifying players, which two teams are actually playing, the score, who is being penalized, the rules, how much time is left on the clock, which city they are in, what day it is, when the next game will be, pronouncing player names, and so much more;

We, the undersigned, demand that the CBC take immediate action and:

1) Permanently replace Bob Cole and Harry Neale,

2) Replace them with Jim Hughson and anyone other than Greg Millen (if it has to be a goalie, we will take John Garrett),

3) Re-hire Chris Cuthbert as the number two play-by-play man on the CBC,

4) Make Scott Oake ask relevant and worthwhile questions,

5) Take further measures, and permanently replace Don Cherry with Kelly Hrudey.


People For The Ethical Treatment Of Hockey Fans

***Update*** Covered In Oil pick up a Globe and Mail story today, calling for Cole to retire.


At 8:15 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Okay, that line about Hoffa was pretty damn funny.

At 8:58 PM, Blogger Nathan Muhly said...

Apparently, Sac loves Cole and Neale, and didn't want to take part.

He must be either a.) about 82 years old, b.) a closet Leafs fan, c.) slightly retarded or d.) all of the above.

At 8:59 PM, Blogger Nathan Muhly said...

Okay, that line about Hoffa was pretty damn funny.

Please tell me that's sarcasm dripping from my computer screen.

At 9:23 PM, Blogger sacamano said...

Bwa! I never said I loved Bob 'n' Harry, I only said that I thought getting Hrudey back was a bigger priority.

Since you also included that in the petition, I'm happy.

At 9:25 PM, Blogger sacamano said...

Hey, by the way, I signed you up to be a guest blogger for CBC's figure skating gala -- hope you don't mind

At 9:34 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

LOL. I think Nate said it best about you, Sac.

At 9:36 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

What the hell, Nate? You didn't even sign the damn thing? You either, Sac.

At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Karina said...

Bah, I think they'll retire soon enough anyways. But I would be sad if they were forced out... hearing them on CBC is one of the things that keeps me from getting too homesick.

I do agree, however, that Kelly Hrudey is the best guy on HNIC right now.

All the long-timers seem to be going crazy though. Ron MacLean just seems totally cuckoo now.

At 5:23 PM, Anonymous peter said...

The Hoffa line was pretty funny.

But Bob Cole didn't get it, which kind of supports your whole petition.

At 8:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am all for replacing the duo(Bob Cole, Harry Neale) as I can not stand their voices and constant mistakes.

Mark (from Ottawa)

At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Monica & Gates said...

We totally agree with this petition. Bob Cole and Harry Neal are so pro-Toronto. They always seem to favor the non-Canadian team when doing the play-by-play. It's time we get new faces. They are getting paid 'big bucks' to do the play-by-play, they should at least know the names of the players on both teams.

At 11:12 AM, Blogger bob said...

I think your all Retarded and need to move to Ottawa! ANY true Leaf fan will agree that CBC's Hockey Night In Canada with Ron Mclean.. Don Cherry AND Bob Cole and Harry Neal is what we all look forward to on a Saturday night.. Sitting at myplace with the boys and some brews just isnt the same with lame asses like hrudey and such.. and to Monica.. PFFT. Pro Toronto? I just have one question for you.. how's the glue???

At 11:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Detroiter that has watched HNIC since the 70's, you petitioners are crazy. Jim Hughston is good, but we in the states have to put up with Mike Emerick. Trust me, as statistically inaccurate as Cole may be, he still calls a game like no other.

At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an informed American living in the hockey hotbed of Corpus Christi, Texas, who has enough hockey knowledge to find stupid comments like this by ungrateful Canadians, I officially declare you a moron for critcizing Bob Cole, Harry Neale and Greg Millen.
You don't know how good you have it, moron.

At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are also a moron for criticizing Scott Oake and Don Cherry as well.

At 2:26 PM, Blogger bryan said...

how bout concentrating on getting rid of Pierre McGuire, the guys the biggest f*****#** idiot alive on the air. Bob Cole is a legend

At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Chris Maarhuis said...

Whoever started this petition has patch cords crossed in their brain. Bob and Harry will retire when they feel it to be necessary. Whoever you want in that position besides those two gentlemen they are going to have a tough time beating them out. They can wait bob and Harry have been excellent job for a long time. Show a little respect. If I had it my way bob and Harry would broadcasting everygame. I'm done.


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